Harbour Update – posted 27/09/22

More good birds today, with 8 Common Crane, which were first seen heading west over Stanpit, Christchurch late afternoon, eventually made it into Poole Harbour airspace by around 17:15 where they were seen over Lytchett Fields before then heading off low towards the Wareham Channel, looking like they may had settled somewhere for the evening. Lytchett fields was also super busy on the high tide this morning with 15 species of wader alone, including c330 Dunlin, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ruff, 130 Redshank, 10 Greenshank as well as several each of Lapwing, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit. At Swineham there were 5 Ruff split between the point and the Piddle floods and the Pectoral Sandpiper was also still there. The autumns first dark-bellied Brent Goose arrived, joining the 4 that were already here having over-summered. There was an Osprey in Holes Bay as well as one in Middlebere.

Wader flock feeding on high tide – Lytchett Fields – Shaun Robson

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